Mixed English Questions for upcoming exams — Set 98

Which of the words/phrases (A), (B), (C) and (D) given below should replace the words/phrases given in bold in the following sentences to make it meaningful and grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is and ‘No improvement required’, mark (E) as the answer.

  1. However recent statements by the nation’s policy-makers indicate that the perception of this issue is changing. ‘Brain bank’ and not ‘brain drain’ is the more appropriate idea, they suggest since the expertise of Indians abroad is only deposited in other places and not lost.
    (A) Announcement, opinion, graduates, put
    (B) Declaration, acuity, students, placed
    (C) Report, belief, scholars, dropped
    (D) Assertion, discernment, learner, lifted
    (E) No correction required
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    Option E
    Explanation :
    Statements – a definite or clear expression of something in speech or writing.
    Perception – the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.
    Expertise – expert skill or knowledge in a particular field.
    Deposited – put or set down (something or someon(E) in a specific place.
  2. Fort Ticonderoga was a small, decrepit British fort preserved by the British at the southern tip of Lake Champlain in upstate New York. It was a strategically essential fort in the French and Indian War, and was recognized as Fort Carillon.
    (A) Decaying, destroyed, significant, notorious
    (B) Feeble, retained, vital, identified
    (C) Dilapidated, maintained, important, known
    (D) Infirm, sustained, main, well – known
    (E) No correction required
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    Option C
    Explanation : Dilapidated – (of a building or object) in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.
    Maintained – provide with necessities for life or existence.
    Important – of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being.
    Known – recognized, familiar, or within the scope of knowledge.
  3. Before the team was named the Cowboys, they were known as the Steers and then the Rangers. When the Cowboys’ first holder, Clint Murchison Jr., finally established on the “Cowboys,” he engaged Tom Landry as the team’s first coach.
    (A) Described, vendor, developed, employed
    (B) Called, owner, settled, hired
    (C) Identified, possessor, completed, appointed
    (D) Entitled, carrier, recognized, selected
    (E) No correction required
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    Option B
    Explanation : Called – give (an infant or animal) a specified name.
    Owner – a person who owns something.
    Settled – accept or agree to (something that one considers to be less than satisfactory).
    Hired – employ (someone) for wages.
  4. Then, sacred dances representing the harvest would be presented for several hours within the sacred circle, a large pit that also integrated a fire lit with a sacred branch that was strike by lightning. The ceremony would end with various other dances and services including one in which the entire village danced around the sacred fire.
    (A) Executed, incorporated, smack, rites
    (B) Achieved, indulged, spank, habits
    (C) Made, involved, cuff, practices
    (D) Performed, included, struck, rituals
    (E) No correction required
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    Option D
    Explanation : Performed – carry out, accomplish, or fulfill (an action, task, or function).
    Included – contained as part of a whole being considered.
    Struck – (of a disaster, disease, or other unwelcome phenomenon) occur suddenly and have harmful or damaging effects on.
    Rituals – a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.
  5. The turning point in the war, however, aroused on July 1, 1863, when Associate and Union armies met at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle that resulted was one of the bloodiest battles in American history. Eventually, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was driven away from Pennsylvania by Union general George Meade and his Army of the Potomac.
    (A) Transpired, accomplice, followed, driven in
    (B) Occurred, confederate, ensued, driven away
    (C) Happened, ally, developed, driven off
    (D) Taken place, co – conspirator, proceeded, driven through
    (E) No correction required
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    Option B
    Explanation : Occurred – happen; take place.
    Confederate – joined by an agreement or treaty.
    Ensued – happen or occur afterward or as a result.
    Driven away – force to go away.
  6. It was expected that banks would take advantage of the changing operational environment and improve their performance. Towards this end, the Reserve Bank of India initiated a host of measures for the creation on a competitive environment.
    (A) Anticipated, receive, started, formation
    (B) Estimated, acquire, begun, conception
    (C) Described, obtain, instigated, development
    (D) Projected, accept, established, configuration
    (E) No correction required
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    Option E
    Explanation : Expected – regard (something) as likely to happen.
    Take – carry or bring with one; convey.
    Initiated – cause (a process or action) to begin.
    Creation – the action or process of bringing something into existence.
  7. The King was soon joined by his troops and the children were still deepen in their game. The King ordered, “Cane them hard.” The children’s parents came running from the nearby village and said, “They are green, it was just a game, please grant them forgive.”
    (A) Absorbed, swayed, immature, excuse

    (B) Immersed, commanded, naive, pardon
    (C) Engrossed, grasped, adolescent, reprieve
    (D) Wrapped up, controlled, youthful, amnesty
    (E) No correction required
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    Option B
    Explanation : Immersed – involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest.
    Commanded – give an authoritative order.
    Naïve – (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.
    Pardon – the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense.
  8. While the strategy appears to improve GDP growth and, thereby, reduce fiscal deficit for revenue resilience, such a strategy is burdened with risks.
    (A) Seems, through, buoyancy, fraught
    (B) Looks, during, rigidity, filled
    (C) Employs, throughout, firmness, laden
    (D) Utilizes, from, insistence, loaded
    (E) No correction required
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    Option A
    Explanation : Seems – give the impression or sensation of being something or having a particular quality.
    Through – by means of (a process or intermediate stage).
    Buoyancy – a high level of activity in an economy or stock market.
    Fraught – causing or affected by great anxiety or stress.
  9. The railroad was not the first organization to force regularity on society, or to illustrate attention to the importance of particular timekeeping.
    (A) Association, strength, show, perfect
    (B) Society, entail, give, accurate
    (C) Institution, impose, draw, precise
    (D) Foundation, bring, provide, correct
    (E) No correction required
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    Option C
    Explanation : Institution – a society or organization founded for a religious, educational, social, or similar purpose.
    Impose – force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place.
    Draw – direct or attract (someone’s attention) to something.
    Precise – marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail.
  10. Academic writing is the skilful elucidation and explanation of the dispute, which the writer has carefully examined and developed over a protracted period of time.
    (A) Description, agreement, inspected, expanded
    (B) Clarification, harmony, observed, extended
    (C) Illumination, accord, studied, prolonged
    (D) Exposition, argument, researched, sustained
    (E) No correction required
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    Option D
    Explanation : Exposition – a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.
    Argument – a summary of the subject matter of a book.
    Researched – investigate systematically.
    Sustained – continuing for an extended period or without interruption.

Direction: Pick out the most effective word from the choices.

  1. Please___ the lights before going to bed.
    (A) put off
    (B) put out
    (C) put on
    (D) put in
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    Option A
  2. If the work men had not been tired, they_____ the work.
    (A) would have completed
    (B) would complete
    (C) will complete
    (D) will have completed
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    Option A
  3. He ____ his father rather than his mother.
    (A) takes in
    (B) takes down
    (C) takes off
    (D) takes after
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    Option D
  4. Sydney Carton , proposed to Lucio , but she ____ the offer of marriage .
    (A) turned down
    (B) turned off
    (C) turned on
    (D) turned out
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    Option A
  5. A daily is a paper that _______ every day.
    (A) comes out
    (B) comes by
    (C) comes up
    (D) comes of
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    Option A


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